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17
Apr 2019

Real Life and Real Ministry in London with Paul King Brown

This week, we interview Pastor Paul King Brown. He’s the pastor of London Live in Notting Hill, UK. We talk leadership, the start-up of London Live, and doing real ministry with real people in one of the most cosmopolitan, diverse, and dynamic cities in the world. For more on Pr Paul and London Live, visit the London Live website.

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10
Apr 2019

Do we Worship the Bible?

In January of 2019, Bible teacher and influencer Beth Moore fired a string of tweets critiquing the way we have a tendency to study the Bible without allowing it to point us to the one it's all about. In this episode we examine what she meant, how we view the Bible, and answer that age-old question: the Bible. Do we worship it?

The 3 Bottom Line Reasons Why Local Adventist Churches Are Dead

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3
Apr 2019

Benjamin Lundquist and Young Adult Ministry in the Hipster Capital of the World

Our guest this week is Benjamin Lundquist. He's a pastor, Young Adult leader, and currently hails from Portland, Oregon. We talk to him about life, leadership, and reaching young adults in the hipster capital of the world. For more on Benjamin and Growing Young, check out Oregon Young Adults or Growing Young Adventists.

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27
Mar 2019

What’s a Zeitgeist?

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about Christchurch, moral relativism, and the cultural zeitgeist. This episode really has it all!

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20
Mar 2019

Why Christian Movies are so Bad

This week, we talk to Jordan and Scotty from WeMovies Podcast about film, TV, which of the Star Wars Prequels they'd prefer to watch under duress, and why Christian movies are usually so terrible.

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13
Mar 2019

This Episode is Frivolous and Wrong on so Many Levels

This week, the guys talk about the Avondale Barn Dance controversy. Apparently the Barn Dance, which has been running for the last 30 years, is problematic in the eyes off some people. So, let's talk about it.

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6
Mar 2019

Why we Burn Haystacks, Revisited

This week, the guys revisit the place where all this started. Why should we burn haystacks? Is it still relevant? What have we learned a year on? Strap yourselves in for some reflections and nostalgia people!

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27
Feb 2019

Stanley vs the World

This week, the guys interview the one and only Stanley Pomianowski: director, writer, and filmmaker. He's worked on many fantastic projects, and his latest project is Ellen versus the World; a webseries that focuses on a conventional Adventist family who have been suddenly thrust into every Adventist's worst nightmare: living in the 'real world!'

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20
Feb 2019

Should You do the Daniel Fast?

This week, the guys check out one of the hottest trends so far this year: the Daniel Fast! Also known as the Daniel Diet, it's been popularized in the last few weeks by actor Chris Pratt, and it turns out to be really prolific in the evangelical world, especially at the beginning of the new year. They talk about the Daniel Fast, the Health Message, CHIP, and how we can help people talk about health as it relates to following Jesus.

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13
Feb 2019

Building Bridges in the Deaf Community feat. Jess Laws

This week, the guys interview one of Josh's best friends, and sign language learner, Jess Laws. She's been learning Auslan (Australia's official sign language) for a while now, and she's also been learning a lot in the deaf community. In this episode, we talk to her about deaf culture, what it's like being hard of hearing, and how churches can minister to this community.

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6
Feb 2019

Have you been Institutionalised?

This week, the guys talk about institutions vs movements. Is one exclusively better than the other? 

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30
Jan 2019

Leading in a Church that Millennials Love feat. Junior Broodryk

This week, the guys talk to Junior Broodryk; a local from Palmerston North, NZ, and together with his wife Leah are the Young Adult Pastors of Vision Church. Junior has an incredible story of faith, coming to Jesus, and helping creating environments where young adults and students have done the same. Josh and Jesse talk vision (excuse the pun), friendship, and leadership. We hope this episode encourages and motivates you, as it did us!

To find out more about Junior, Vision Church and their upcoming Young Adults and Leadership Conference, check out their website.

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23
Jan 2019

What is Prooftexting, and is it Safe?

In this episode, Josh and Jesse tackle one of the biggest problems in Christianity - prooftexting. The usage of Biblical literature and other sources to prove one's point not only is a bad idea; it's also potentially incredibly damaging. In this episode, the guys talk about why it's a problem, as well as a better way to read the Bible.

If you're wanting to delve deeper into reading the Bible in a healthy and helpful way, here are some great resources to get your started.

Bible Gateway | BibleHub | Enduring Word Commentary | Read Scripture App | The Bible Project

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16
Jan 2019

Nimrod Maua Gave Up Being Lead Pastor

Burn the Haystack is BACK for 2019, and we're super excited to hit the ground running with this INCREDIBLE episode! Nimrod is a pastor and leader hailing from Cooranbong, Australia. In this episode we talk leadership, hard conversations, and how he gave up being the lead pastor to be a hero maker instead.

If you'd like to get in contact with Nimrod or check out College Church, head to their website.

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26
Dec 2018

Absurdistack Christmas Special, Part 1

For our final episode of 2018, we thought we'd bring you a two-part series on everything Christmas, and everything Absurd. We talk to Ryan Becker from Absurdity about the things that matter - gifts, family, Christmas traditions, and more. To check out Part 2 of our conversation, head over to Ryan's podcast. Merry Christmas everyone, and happy New Year!

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19
Dec 2018

Should We Stop Celebrating Christmas?

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about Christmas. Is it really pagan? Should we stop celebrating it? Should we care about the origins of Christmas? Turns out the answer is 'yes,' just not in the way most people think of the question.

To dig deeper into the ideas we talked about in the episode, we recommend you check out Rob Bell's interviews with Alexander Shaia.

Episode 176 | Alexander Shaia on the Mythic Power of Christmas

Episode 222 | Alexander Shaia on Darkness and Hope

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12
Dec 2018

Ben Reynolds has Traded Certainty for Trust

This week we talk to Ben Reynolds - a friend of the podcast, and a returning guest. Today we talk about certainty, doubt, and ambiguity, and why you and I should abandon the word 'faith' and replace it with 'trust.'

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5
Dec 2018

Martin and Alina Want to Grow Young

This week we conclude our 2-part conversation with Martin and Alina van Rensburg. We talk about Alina's ministry as Director of Tertiary and Young Adult Ministries in the Seventh-day Adventist Conference of South Queensland. We highlight in particular a book that has been influencing them in a significant way - Growing Young by Kara Powell. 

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28
Nov 2018

Martin and Alina Accidentally Started a Church

This week we begin a 2-part conversation with Martin and Alina van Rensburg. They hail from sunny South Queensland, Australia, and are involved in a ministry that specially targets young adults. We talk about all sorts of stuff, from their personal struggles with the church, to the amazing story of their life group group; which grew from a bunch of young adults to one of the most diverse and exciting groups they've ever been part of.

Alina's Instagram | Martin's Instagram | Adventists Young Adults - South Queensland

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21
Nov 2018

‘Do Something’ - Live from Palmerston North

This week we get to share an exciting live episode that we recorded in October during a Youth Rally in Palmerston North. Enjoy!

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14
Nov 2018

Tiny Youtuber Stands up to Giant Corporation! 💯👌😂

This week, Josh and Jesse talk about one of the most popular memelords on the internet today: Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewdiePie (and yes, that really is his full name). More specifically, the guys discuss the beautiful idea that was Youtube, and how it has now become more 'corporate,' and how it might mean the end of individual creators.

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7
Nov 2018

A New Command I Give You: Comply with One Another feat. Josh Wood

This week the guys talk to Josh Wood (aka 'The Bald Ginger, aka 'The Bald One,' aka 'Something Something Bald  and Ginger). They talk all things Annual Council, compliance committees, and what the future holds for the SDA Church.

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31
Oct 2018

Taking the Spookiness out of Spooktober

Halloween is upon us, but fear not! Josh and Jesse are here not to scare you with stories of murder and mayhem, but rather reclaim the origins of Halloween: Hallow's Eve. The guys take a deep dive into an ancient Christian tradition of remembering and honouring the saints of our tradition, but with their own special spin. Enjoy!

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24
Oct 2018

Kaleb Eisele is an Adventist Human

This week we interviewed Kaleb Eisele, the mastermind behind Humans of Adventism. We talked to him about how HoA started, as well as his vision for the project. We also took an unexpected turn and dug into part of his story, his loss of faith in the church, and how that faith was restored. 

If you want to check out Kaleb and Humans of Adventism, you can check out their Facebook and Instagram

 

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17
Oct 2018

You Need a Break

This week, we tackle one of the most important cornerstones to Adventism, and perhaps one of the most overlooked spiritual practices in Christianity - Sabbath. We talk about our experiences growing up with the Sabbath, but more importantly - why we should care about it today. May you experience true menuha.

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10
Oct 2018

Off the Record with Jarrod Stackelroth

This week we talk to the half-man, half-bear, all legend Jarrod Stackelroth. Jarrod is the editor of the Record in the South Pacific. We talk about the Record, as well as his study in trauma. If you'd like to get in touch with Jarrod or learn more about the Record, you can do so by checking out their website.

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3
Oct 2018

Should Christians be Nice to Everyone?

Let's be honest; most Christians spend more time trying to be 'nice' than building healthy boundaries. This week we talk about just that: how do we love like Jesus has loved us, but prevent ourselves from becoming a doormat for everyone around us? It's a fine line, which is why it's so important we talk about boundaries.

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26
Sep 2018

Matt Lucio Reveals the True History of the Haystack

This week we talk to Matt Lucio at the Adventist History Podcast. We talk (surprise, surprise) Adventist History, lessons from the past, and how we can learn from where we are before.

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19
Sep 2018

The Bill Hybels Situation

This week's episode was heavier than usual. Bill Hybels is a pastor, church planter, leadership guru, and something of a personal hero to pastors and leaders around the world, including Josh and Jesse. Recently, he has been at the target of a host of allegations of sexual misconduct stretching back decades and spanning multiple victims. Unfortunately for the church, this isn't just 'another' pastor falling from grace. This is a big one. We talk today about the implications of this scandal, and what it means for pastoral accountability in the future.

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12
Sep 2018

Marcos Torres: People Don’t Hate the Church; It’s Just Not On Their Radar Anymore

Marcos Torres is a pastor, blogger, and activist hailing from WA, Australia. He runs The Story Church Project, which has an ambitious goal of reinterpreting Adventism and Christianity into a language that modern, secular people can understand and receive. He believes that one of the biggest problems in the church today isn't persecution, but irrelevance. We speak a language that outsiders don't understand. In order to reach our culture, we don't need to overcome hatred, mistreatment, or societal rejection, but rather start speaking to people about Jesus in a way that our culture can understand.

You can reach out to Marcos by visiting The Story Church Project

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